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March 5 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Belarusian playwright, prose writer, satirist, poet, translator, academician of the Academy of Sciences of the BSSR, People's Writer of Belarus Kandrat Krapiva (1896-1991).

He enriched Belarusian literature with many talented works of various genres and themes.

Our collections contain one of the largest collections of the writer's works, which you can familiarize yourself with when visiting the National Library.

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Kandrat Krapiva (real name Kandrat Atrakhovich) was born in the village of Nizok. In 1907 he graduated from a parish school in his native village. Then he studied at the Uzdensky public school, from which in 1912 he transferred to the school in Koydanovo. In 1913 he received the title of people's teacher. 

Krapiva_2.jpgIn the 1920s, the aspiring writer was a member of the "Maladnyak" literary association, where his first collections were published. In 1926, a new literary and artistic association of Belarusian writers "Uzvysha" was created, in which Kuzma Chorny became the chairman, and Kondrat Krapiva became his deputy. The association published the literary and art magazine "Uzvysha" in Belarusian.


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From 1932 to 1936, Kondrat Krapiva worked in the editorial office of the "Flame of Revolution" magazine. In the magazine, he published the novel "Myadzvedzichy", dedicated to the life of the Belarusian village on the eve of collectivization. The novel remained unfinished.

In the late 1930s, he wrote the first play "The End of Friendship", which is devoted to the moral and ethical problems of people who survived the revolution and the Civil War. 

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The comedy "Who Laughs Last" (1939) was widely known. The work reveals the social and ideological and moral problems of society, makes fun of careerists, sycophants and blackmailers. The comedy was staged in more than 120 theatres of the former Soviet Union and many foreign theatres, filmed by the "Belarusfilm" film studio.

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In 1951, Kandrat Krapiva was awarded the USSR State Prize, and in 1956, the honorary title of People's Writer of the BSSR.

The best works by Kandrat Krapiva live today, in the 21st century they are still perceived as modern and do not lose their topicality and relevance.

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